Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Copycat Recipe
We LOVE Panera Bread. So when my family drove to our nearest Panera one day and found it closed for repairs (strange!), we decided to take up the challenge of making our own copy cat version of our favorite Panera recipe.
It came out really well! Here’s the results:
1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup)
1/2 of a medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups half and half (or 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of heavy cream)
3 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 bay leaves
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped small
4 cups broccoli florets (about 1 head)
2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bread Bowls (You can buy premade soup breadbowls from most supermarkets! or cut out your own bread holes.)
1) Cook the butter, onion, and garlic on about medium heat until tender.
2) Slowly add the half and half and chicken stock. Mix the corn starch with a little bit of water until there are no clumps and add it to the rest. Add the nutmeg and bay leaves and cook on medium low until thickened.
3) Add the carrot and broccoli and simmer until tender. Discard the bay leaves. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper and serve in bread bowls.